Airtel and Huawei have conducted India’s first 5G network trial. It took place at Airtel’s Network Experience Centre in Manesar, Gurugram. The setup for this 5G trial involved the following requirements :
- 5G RAN that operated on a 3.5GHz network band, along with
- 5G Core and a 50GE network slicing router.
In the duration of the tests, a user throughput speed of 3Gbps was achieved, which the companies claim is the highest for the 3.5GHz band. The tests were conducted within a 100MHz bandwidth, and resulted in a 1-millisecond end-to-end network latency.
5G will be a “Game Changer“
“We are moving quickly to begin collaboration towards 5G interoperability and development testing (IODT),” said Abhay Savargaonkar, Director-Networks, Bharti Airtel.
“The promise of 5G is endless, it will be a game changer and, it will change the way we live, work and engage. We look forward to work closely with our partners for developing a robust 5G ecosystem in India,” he added.
“We have been focusing on developing 5G ecosystem and use cases and the show with Bharti Airtel impressively demonstrates the performance capability of 5G in 3.5 GHz band.“
– said Emmanuel Coelho Alves, Director, Wireless Marketing, Huawei HQ.
India’s plan for 5G operation
According to Airtel, 3 Gbps is the highest measured throughput for a mobile network in the 3.5 GHz band with 100 MHz bandwidth and end-to-end network latency of approximately 1 msec. The trial demonstrated that 5G technology can deliver diversified services like Internet of Things (IoT) and augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) through high spectral efficiency.
India plans to roll-out the services for consumers by 2020 and for this purpose, the government did set up a high-level forum to evaluate and approve roadmaps and action plans for the same.